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Frank E. Booma Post 6 American Legion February 2011 Founded 1919 POST COMMANDER FRANK DESPER (603) 436-7575 Publisher Post 06 Volume No. 08 Issue No. 2 February 2011 COMMANDER’S MESSAGE We had several members pass away after the January newsletter was printed and mailed. During that time I was quite educated and need to inform you as to what I have learned. If you do not have your affairs in order in preparation for that final hour, I strongly encourage you to do so. I haven’t said it enough, if you are not enrolled in the V.A system they cannot help with your health care as far as the advance directive outlines. If you are enrolled the V. A. will honor your request as filled in. This form can also be used for hospitals outside the V.A. health care system. At the end of the form there is a block you need to have notarized. A downloadable copy of this power of attorney for health care can be obtained at VA.GOV. Click on benefits booklet then type “living will” in the search block. Scroll down to VA Forms – VA Advanced directive: Living will & durable power of attorney for health care. If you do not have a computer you can contact the Veteran’s Affairs at 1-800-892-8384 for a copy to be mailed to you. After completing the forms make copies to serve as a backup and/ or secure them for safe keeping. Be sure you notify those handling your estate the location of the documents in the unfortunate event you suddenly become hospitalized. Maybe select a second person to backup your backup plan to follow through your wishes. Other documents you need to consider is a last will and testament. These documents need to be prepared by a legal attorney of your choice. In closing and recap, if you have any life insurance policies that you haven’t looked at recently you might want to check them for any updates such as entitlements to the beneficiaries, etc. As mentioned, keep these and all of your paperwork together, secure and inform those closest to you of their location. I’m sure you don’t want your plans wrapped up into a bureaucratic river of tape. It’s my sad duty to report that William (Bill) Decker (16 Year member), and Bob Sterns (22 Year member) have all been called by our Supreme Commander. May their souls go marching on? As a tribute in memoriam to our past comrades who are enrolled in that Great Spirit Army whose footfalls cause no sound, let us remember Richard (Mickey) Tessicini. Frank Desper, Post Commander SENIOR VICE COMMANDER’S MESSAGE We had our Membership Dinner on Sunday January 23, 2011 and all that attended had a tasty meal followed by quite a list of awards and recognition of Post, Unit and Squadron members. Thank you all for your support and help with your membership and participation. Next on our calendar is Valentine’s Day. This year we are going to have a Valentine’s Day brunch on Sunday, February 13, 2011 from 11:00-1:00 pm. The brunch is free for ladies, all men including guests will be required a $5.00 donation. There will also be some drink specials for ladies. As a reminder, this brunch is for the Post 6 family and bonafide guests, all other American Legion members and guests will be required the $5.00 donation. John Moulton, Post Sr. Vice Commander ADJUTANT’S MESSAGE It is my sad duty to report the passing or Bill Decker and Bob Stearns, may their souls rest in peace. I would like to welcome the newest members to our Post family: Priscillia Clark, Allen Corey, Anthony Alcorn, Eric Galliher, Scott Skibitsky, Michael Girouard, James Marier, Douglas Foster, Matthew Pongrace, Chan Conrad, Jonathan Eckerman, Shawn Kimball, Pete Tupper and Peter Cholwea. At our next Post meeting we will be having first nominations for officers, if you are interested in a position please attend the meeting or have a letter of intent to me prior to the meeting, second nominations will be held on March 17, 2011 and elections will be on April 21, 2011 from 0700 to 1900. At the special meeting on January 12, 2011 it was voted to change the hours of the Grille opening from 0600 to 0900 due to the unprofitability of these hours. Our next E. Board meeting is on Thursday February 3, 2011 at 1800 and our next Post meeting is on Thursday February 17, 2011. Our installation of officers will be held on Friday April 29, 2011 at 1900. I would like to report that our membership is coming along well we are presently at 91.2% for 2011 and the target date for 90% is March 9 so we are well ahead of our goals for the year. If you know of someone that has not renewed, please encourage them to do so today. If you have not renewed by February 1, 2011 you will lose your accidental life and dismemberment insurance if you have it and you will also be ineligible to vote for the officers. This is in accordance with Article II Section 6 of our by laws. I want to remind everyone that your key fob for the doors will not work if your membership has not been paid. If you have any problem with them, please let me know. We do have a couple of glitches now and then but for the most part all is working well. Respectfully, Richard “Brooksie” Brooks, Post Adjutant There will be a meeting of the Color Guard on Wednesday February 2, 2011 at 1800. POST 6 COLOR GUARD MESSAGE Our next Fish Fry will be Friday, February 4, 2011 from 4-7 p.m. Thank you for your loyalty and please continue to support us. Your 2 Time National Post 6 Color Guard SQUADRON ADJUTANT’S MESSAGE We hope you all enjoyed the holidays. If you have not paid your 2011 dues yet, please try your best to pay them as soon as you can. A special meeting will be held on Saturday, February 5, 2011 at 11:00 AM for the third and final reading of the new S.A.L. Bylaws. Also remember that S.A.L. meetings are held the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 6:00 PM unless otherwise posted. At our next meeting on February 16, 2011 we will be having first nomination for officers. If you are interested in a position please attend or have a letter of intent to me prior to the meeting. Please try to attend the meetings. Stay safe always, especially during the winter storms. Sonny St. Louis, S.A.L. Adjutant BAND SCHEDULE SURF & TURF SCHEDULE February 5th- Echo Tones February 5th – Post February 11th – Karaoke w/DJ Darlene February 12th – S.A.L. February 12th – Dirty McCurdy February 19th – Unit February 19th– 52nd Street February 26th – Color Guard February 25th - Karaoke w/DJ Darlene February 26th – Bill Vendasi GRILLE STEWARD’S MESSAGE Hello again and welcome to the arctic! It sure is cold. I hope everyone is warm and well? We have a great line-up for this month so be ready to mark your calendars as always we have karaoke with DJ Darlene as well as some rocking bands. Come in and stay warm, dance your holiday calories off. We had a blast welcoming the new year in with the Jen Thayer Band. As always we have a designated driver. She will bring you home within a 5 mile radius so get dropped off or you can leave your vehicle. If you are leaving your vehicle, please park on the left side of the lot and make sure you are not double parked. On Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 5 p.m. we will be doing a benefit Spaghetti Supper for Donna Leclair who has been battling breast cancer for 4 plus years. The cost will be $10 per person and if you want to make any donations, they are welcomed. We will deliver you a dinner if you can't make it so call the post @ 436-7575 and we will get it to you. Donna is an Auxiliary member and the donations will help in her time of need. You can also send a donation to the post @ 96 Islington Street, Portsmouth, NH. 03801 with a notation marked for Donna Leclair. I hope to see you there. Remember we have free coffee as well as popcorn and other snacks, so come on in and enjoy your post! Until next time stay safe and warm. Sue Desper, Grille Steward UNIT MEMBERSHIP The following Unit members are showing up as having undeliverable addresses. Diane Pizz, Tammy Burrington, Cynthia McCall, Melinda Dobe, Dorothy Sandford, Darlene Deblois, Christine Royal and Marlene Morgan. I need your help in getting in touch with these ladies so that I can update their address. I can be reached at 603-988-8267. Just leave a message. Karyl Horn, Unit Membership Chairman PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Wow! 2011 is done in a couple of days. I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and wish you a Happy New Year! I pray 2011 will be a whole sight better than 2011 for all. I would like to thank all that attended the Children's Christmas Party. It was quite an experience. Thank you to all that made goodies for the after Christmas Parade gathering. After talking with members of the USS Virginia crew and their wives, I found out that the applause and noise made by those that stood outside the Legion as they passed by caused a rash of Goosebumps and overwhelming pride. I was even told there were a few misty eyes amongst the sailors. Well done, ladies and gentlemen!! Thank you to all that bought cherries from our Cherry Tree. We raised a little over $800.00 to go toward our scholarships. I had to work that day and missed the entire parade, seems I missed a lot. A BIG thank you to all that donated items for the families of the USS Virginia. They are greatly appreciated. To start the new year off, there is the After Holiday party for the Veterans at the Tilton Home on the 8th of February. The American Legion Auxiliary National President, Carlene Ashworth will be in the state of New Hampshire from February 7 thru the 10th. Please plan to attend one of the events to meet this sincere, dedicated lady. Her itinerary will be published in newspapers across the state. The next Unit #6 meeting will be held on Thursday, February 13 at 7:00 pm. The Surf N Turf and Sunday breakfast is taking a short hiatus. Please note that the Surf N Turf will resume on February 8 and the breakfasts will resume on the 9th. With warm wishes and loads of prayers Sheila Brooks, Unit President Frank E. Booma Post 6 Non Profit Organization The American Legion US Postage Paid 96 Islington Street Permit #15 Portsmouth, NH 03801 Portsmouth, NH FEBRUARY 2011 S M T W T F S 30 31 1 2 3 4 5 Sunday Breakfast Grille Meeting Groundhog Day E.B. Meeting Color Guard Surf & Turf 8 a.m.-12 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. Fish Fry 3-5 p.m. 4-7 pm Echo Tones 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Sunday Breakfast Unit Meeting Karaoke Surf & Turf 8 a.m.-12 p.m. 7 p.m. w/DJ Darlene 3-5 p.m. 8-11 p.m. Dirty McCurdy 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 St. Valentine’s SAL Meeting Post Meeting FULL MOON Surf & Turf Brunch 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 3-5 p.m. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 1st Nominations 1st Nominations 52nd Street 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 Sunday Breakfast Presidents Day Karaoke Surf & Turf 8 a.m.-12 p.m. w/DJ Darlene 3-5 p.m. 8-11 p.m. Bill Vendasi S! 27 28 1 2 3 4 5 Sunday Breakfast Grille Meeting E.B. Meeting Color Guard Surf & Turf 8 a.m.-12 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. Fish Fry 3-5 p.m. 4-7 pm T.B.A.
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